Revitalizing The Great South Bay And The South Shore

It’s our bay, our heritage — and our legacy. We grew up clamming it, sailing it, swimming in it. Now our bay is sick, and we must heal it, now, today, and for the future!

We are a local 501(c)3 Non-Profit that advocates for and implements real solutions that will help restore the bay, and with that strengthen our South Shore communities.

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Discover How You Can Help Save The Bay

Start In Your Own Backyard!

Go native! The suburban lawn is heavily reliant on fertilizers, pesticides, and huge amounts of water. It’s polluting, expensive, lifeless and tired. Choose a Bay Friendly Yard instead. Native plantings belong here. They are cheaper to maintain. They are beautiful — Nature untouched. And they filter and clean the groundwater before it hits a creek or the bay.

It all starts with you! Just register your email address below to receive our free Bay-Friendly Yard E-Book! You’ll get the basic info you need to help the bay right at home!


Inside the eBook:

  • Step-by-step instructions for assessing your yard
  • Lists of native species that would thrive in that yard
  • Tips on how these plantings should be arranged

Become a Creek Defender

By our count, there are 36 creeks flowing through 16 South Shore communities into The Great South Bay. The Creek Defender Program will have a Defender in every community — Massapequa,
Copaigue, Amityville, Lindenhurst, Babylon, Brightwaters / Bay Shore, West Islip, Islip, East Islip, Great River / Oakdale, West Sayville/Sayville, Bayport, Bluepoint, Patchogue and Bellport for 2019. April 13th, 2019 is Creek Defender Day. Each Defender will coordinate with local schools, civic associations, and local businesses, organizing local cleanups and native plantings or “Swamp Forests” along the creeks. Join your neighbors! Become a local steward of your creek and help the bay!

Remember “The bay is a symptom; it’s the mainland that’s sick.” A lot of the pollution flowing into the bay is from our creeks — runoff from roads and lawns, pesticides and fertilizers, trash, and of course nitrogen from antiquated cesspools and septic tanks. By restoring native habitats, rebuilding green corridors, we can improve water quality in the creeks and therefore the bay.  Click on the link below, tell us where you are from, and we will connect you with your Creek Defender!


The Race Is On To Save The Bay

Come To Our Events

SGSB keeps a very active event calendar. Our year kicks off April 13th, 2019 with Creek Defender Day. April 29th is the Five K Race For The Bay. May 17th is our gala at Snapper Inn. We are planning a Summer Solstice Party for June 21st, a beach party in July. The Great South Bay Paddleboard Race in August, The Oyster Fest at Blue Island September 14th, and a Save The Bay Day at Oakdale Yacht in October. Tres Palms and Swell Taco in Babylon will host events. Expect another ten or so besides!  Expect great local bands, local oysters, and our locally made bay themed apparel, inspired by local artists. Our cause brings people from all The South Shore together. If you’re a local business owner, please consider becoming a sponsor and boost to your brand while helping to revitalize The South Shore.


We’re always up to something!

  • Clean ups and habitat restoration
  • Beach Parties
  • Restaurant Parties

Become a Member

Saving The Bay will take all of us. By becoming a member, you will be helping us mobilize The South Shore so we can heal our bay for future generations. There are four membership levels starting at just $25 per year and we will be adding membership benefits for each as we grow. And of course, with your membership you will get some of our cool, locally designed apparel and merchandise too.


Here on our blog / newsroom, we give voice to those willing to speak truth to power, to those ready to speak for the bay. Muckrakers. If you have a topic you’d like to write on – like the spraying of methoprene on our marshes, The Bethpage Plume, the spraying of glyphosate on Fire Island, illegal dumping, bad coastal management policy, overdevelopment, etc, – please send your story pitch to [email protected]. Subscribe to our newsletter from our home page (in the site footer) and to our YouTube channel. It is up to us to speak for our bay.

Creek Defender Day in Babylon: A Team Effort!

April 17, 2019

Babylon’s Third Annual Creek Defender Day drew 65 volunteers despite early threatening weather. We worked hard both in the trash removal and in the planting… Read more

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March 28, 2019

Just text STGSB to 67076 on your mobile phone to receive our newsletter. Stay informed about our bay! Read more

The Madness of Methoprene

March 26, 2019

Even if the real reason was not disease control (it isnt), but nuisance spraying (it is), killing the creatures that eat mosquitoes along with the… Read more

Whatsa Flupsy? Volunteering To Return Clams To The GSB

March 8, 2019

Cornell Cooperative Extension recently reached out to Save The Great South Bay in search of lead volunteers and regular volunteers for their Shellfish Restoration Project. … Read more

York Analytical Laboratories: A Major Benefactor For Save The Great South Bay

March 8, 2019

Save The Great South Bay now has York Lab as a major benefactor.  York Lab is a family-operated environmental testing laboratory of contaminants in water,… Read more

Introducing Our Newest Board Member: Karen Vaccaro Marvin

March 6, 2019

Karen Marvin Vaccaro is now a board member of Save The Great South Bay. Karen, Founder of Great South Bay Paddleboards, has a great love… Read more

As Suffolk Wages War On Nitrogen, Other Threats to Region’s Waters Demand Attention

February 1, 2019

Long Island’s water quality ./ water pollution issues hardly end with nitrogen from cesspools and fertilizer. Industrial pollutants — pharmaceuticals, flame retardants — PFOS and… Read more

Rising Tides and a Dying Bay

January 25, 2019

Jack Bonner, student at Loyola in Maryland, and from East Islip, submitted his research paper on the bay he grew up with. He discusses its… Read more

Latest Efforts To Clean Up Polluted Waters May Be A Drop In The Bucket

January 21, 2019

“The Foggiest Idea” looks at what progress we have made lowering nitrogen levels in our waters. The problem is only a tiny fraction of the… Read more

Becoming a Member

January 20, 2019

  Dear Members of The Save The Great South Bay Facebook Group: Over the past 6+ years, I have watched this group grow to almost… Read more

Save The Great South Bay’s 2019 Plans

January 17, 2019

Become a Member of Save The Great South Bay and support a local citizens movement. Sponsor Save The Great South Bay and make a difference… Read more

Babylon: Vote YES On Sewering Jan 22nd And Help The Bay!

January 16, 2019

Save The Great South Bay encourages all local residents eligible for a sewer hook up (the red zones on the map ) to vote YES… Read more

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